Riot of passage: liminal culture and the logics of sacrifice
Graham St John [+]
In a revision of Turner’s concept of liminality by way of a detailed examination of intentional ritualization within the psytrance movement, Chapter 9 completes this study. Downstream from Goa, a hyperliminal noise of risk-laden and reflexive commitments characterizes festivals whose differential logics of sacrifice are explained. As the paramount expression of this movement, its festivals are vehicles for transgressive and disciplined concerns articulated in rites of risk and consciousness. Rooted in the experimental adulthood/ extended adolescence of the 1960s–1970s, psytrance is then recognized as a complex liminal culture which knows no bounds.